Call for Wiltshire backing for air ambulance campaign

Call for Wiltshire backing for air ambulance campaign

The Great Western Air Ambulance charity is appealing for Wiltshire people to support its campaign to buy a new helicopter

The Great Western Air Ambulance charity is appealing for Wiltshire people to support its campaign to buy a new helicopter

First published in News

The Great Western Air Ambulance charity is appealing for Wiltshire people to support its campaign to buy a new helicopter.

The air ambulance is based in Filton, near Bristol, and mainly covers Bristol, Bath, parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire but also attends incidents in Wiltshire when the Wiltshire Air Ambulance is unavailable.

Great Western needs to raise £250,000 for a new Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter to replace the ageing Bolkow 105 model that it uses.

The charity says the new helicopter would attend to patients four minutes faster and have more space inside.

John Christensen, chief executive of GWAAC, said: “Our air ambulance attends an average of one cardiac arrest per day. Our cause relies on the support of the people that we serve in order to continue operating as we receive no government or National Lottery funding.”

For more information or to get involved in a fundraising activity, call (0117) 969 9344.

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3:38pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Dave1764 says...

Why as wiltshire based paper are you promoting the great western air ambulance? There is no doubt that they do a great job saving life's. But we should be supporting our own air ambulance? I doubt wiltshire air ambulance are putting stories in local bristol papers? SUPPORT WILTSHIRE AIR AUMBULANCE!!!
Why as wiltshire based paper are you promoting the great western air ambulance? There is no doubt that they do a great job saving life's. But we should be supporting our own air ambulance? I doubt wiltshire air ambulance are putting stories in local bristol papers? SUPPORT WILTSHIRE AIR AUMBULANCE!!! Dave1764
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10:33pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Mike_Wazowski says...

Both Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Great Western Air Ambulance both serve in overlapping areas. In fact, in 2012 GWA attended over 100 Wiltshire based incidents. As it stands they have a very dated helicopter, unlike WAA so it would be great to support them to allow them to operate more effectively. Really neither one is, on it's own, "Our own air ambulance" They are BOTH our air ambulance and we should welcome any support for either.
Both Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Great Western Air Ambulance both serve in overlapping areas. In fact, in 2012 GWA attended over 100 Wiltshire based incidents. As it stands they have a very dated helicopter, unlike WAA so it would be great to support them to allow them to operate more effectively. Really neither one is, on it's own, "Our own air ambulance" They are BOTH our air ambulance and we should welcome any support for either. Mike_Wazowski
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